It has been almost twenty minutes we are walking, penetrating the dense forest of Buxa. Ranjit lama is dragging his right foot and slowly leading us inside the forest. It’s getting deeper and the animal tracks are disappearing every now and then. He is followed by us four friends and the two dogs which willingly took part in our expedition despite having kicked by Lama earlier. Lama, an ex-poacher, came across one of us by accident. He was drunk to his neck and could hardly stand for a minute. But he became our friend in no time and was excited to take us to the forest in the dark.
Buxa Tiger Reserve was established in 1983 and eventually became a national park covering 760kms of dense forest. It is home to the hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, herbs and orchids. Nearly three hundred species of birds live in harmony with Indian tiger, Asian elephant, Leopard, Indian Civet, Leopard cat, Wild dogs, Gaur, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer, Hog deer, Wild Buffalo and the list goes on. Chinese Pangolin, Regal python, Clouded Leopard are endemic to the region. Python, King cobra, Indian cobra, Krait, Vipers etc coupled with amphibians like Indian toad, Bull frog, Skipper continue to survive in this forest.